The role of visualization of biological knowledge in the formation of sets of educational skills
Asya Asenova, Michael Reiss
Visual learning aids play a major role in students' learning processes because they directly affect the correct perception of the studied concepts. This is especially true in Biology where the visual presentation of various biological objects, processes and events is crucial to their understanding. In general, images (including biology-related ones) serve as information carriers, while simultaneously also helping to organize the student's specific activities in the context of various forms of learning. This article describes a structuro-functional analysis of visual learning aids in Biology and will propose a pedagogical way to design them based on: the structure of certain groups of educational skills - levels of visualization and their types of properties with respect to the visual aids. In summary, we will try to give an answer to the following questions: 1. How can we form different sets of skills through the usage of visual aids? 2. How should their pedagogical design be organized?
Key words: visual learning aids, sets of skills structure, levels of visualization, types of properties, pedagogical design